The Basics Of Pruning or Trimming

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When it comes to tree trimming, also known as tree pruning, we strive to be at the top of our game. That includes taking in knowledge from everyone we can, including books and all other sources. Here we want to pull a few words of wisdom from a book. The title is called Trees Shrubs and Hedges for Home Landscape by Jacqueline Heriteau


Pruning, or selective removal of plant parts, can improve the health and shape of trees and shrubs and make them stronger and more beautiful. Pruning controls size and rampant growth, improves flowering and fruiting, removes diseased parts, and corrects damage or aesthetic faults. Severe pruning revitalizes many woody plants, especially shrubs, and regular pruning shapes and maintains hedges. 

Although deciduous plants respond better than evergreens to corrective pruning, it may take years to buy a woody plant, study the lines of its trunk or stems and main branches. Choose a plant that,, with perhaps some reasonable amount of initial pruning, will grow into the shape you want. If you shoes plants to fit your site’s space and plants that will adapt to your property’s environment, pruning will become only a minor annual chore. 

At planting time, prune back to a main stem only broken branches of new trees and shrubs. Instructions supplied with bare-root plants often recommend cutting back one-third of the branches to compensate for a reduced root system, but this long-accepted practice is now in question. Research has shown that severely pruning the tops of newly planted trees actually retards root growth–the leaves are needed to supply the food to grow abundant roots. 

There are two basic kinds of pruning cuts; heading cuts and thinning cuts. A heading cut shortens a stem or branch by cutting off its tip. It removes the dominant end bud, which encourages buds farther back on the stem to grow into new shoots, resulting in a bushier plant. A thinning cut removes an entire stem or branch back to where it joins the main stem or trunk or a larger branch. Use this kind of cut to remove damaged and dead wood, to get rid of crossed branches, or to open up the interior of the plant to let in more light and air.

Hand-Pruning Tools 

Price is often a reliable gauge of tool quality. Still, some modestly priced tools can give a lifetime of service if you treat them well. Keep blades sharp, and oil joints periodically. After use, wipe dirt from blades, and remove sap using a solvent such as kerosene. Store tools in a dry place, safely away from children. To prevent rust, oil all metal before long-term storage. 

Bypass pruning shears employtwo curved blades consisting of a cutting blade that passes close by a flat-edged branch-gripping blade. Springs reopen the blade effortlessly for the user. For cleanest cuts at branch crotches, position the blade nearer the collar of the limb you wish to save.”

As you can see we study what we do. Check out what they say about topping part of the plant. It does in fact lessen the lifespan and reduces the root system. We rarely ever top a plant these days, however if you need a good old fashion tree trimming job or tree removal please don’t hesitate to call us.

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